MessageLabs reports malicious websites double during March

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Security software provider, MessageLabs, warned that its latest research showed cybercriminals were adapting their tactics by mixing email-based attacks with activities on the Web.

According to the MessageLabs Intelligence report for March 2009, there was a twofold increase in the number of potentially malicious websites intercepted by security software during the month, to 3,000 a day.

Over one-fifth of email-borne malware was found to link to malicious websites, the highest level for 10 months. The report also revealed that month-on-month, the percentage of emails containing phishing scams decreased by 0.17% from February to March, to 0.35%.

The report highlighted the way cybercriminals were exploiting the current economic climate with spam and phishing emails. The first q...

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